One of the great things about using a Mac alongside your iPhone is the integration between the two platforms, especially when it comes to communication. You can route phone calls and even send text messages from your iPhone to your Mac.
This synchronization can be a mixed luck. Yes, it’s convenient to receive messages on your Mac, but the constant stream of alerts can be significantly distracting. Want to turn off the warning flame? Or even delete Messages from your Mac entirely? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have the solution for you.
Turn off iMessage on your Mac
There are three ways to stop using Messages on a Mac. First, you can sign out of your Apple account to stop receiving messages on that device. After you sign out, you can’t send or receive messages on your Mac. This is a great solution if you want to block Messages completely. However, this method is the most permanent.
If you want to reactivate Messages in the future, you’ll have to sign in to your account with your username and password before you can reactivate your account.
Second, you can turn off iMessage on your Mac. This option turns off Messages but lets you sign in to your Apple account. This option makes it easier to re-enable messages as you only need to reactivate your account to start receiving messages again.
Third, you can block messages from being sent to your iPhone number or Apple ID. This method stops all messages to that particular phone number or ID. Unlike other permanent messages, this option keeps the Messages app active and you’re always signed in to your Apple account.
- Open Launchers in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
- Find and choose Message app to open it on your Mac.
- Option Message > Interests in the upper left of the menu bar.